Author Archives: Michelle Krocker

Leveraging Local Housing Dollars

There’s a lot of anxiety and concern over the Trump administration’s proposal for the FY2018 federal budget. The HUD budget alone anticipates a 13% reductions in funds – a loss of $6.2 billion compared to FY2016 levels. These cuts would devastate low-income households, seniors and persons with disabilities, and eliminate entire programs critical to localities

Out of Reach in NoVA

The National Low Income Housing Coalition has released Out of Reach 2017, their annual report on the state of affordable rental housing in America, and its conclusions are dire. Millions of Americans struggle to find housing that is affordable on their salaries, and in no state can a person working full-time earning the federal minimum

A Celebration and A Merger

On May 5, NVAHA hosted the fifth annual AHOME Housing Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Reception, a celebration of the careers and achievements of three outstanding housing leaders, at the NRECA Conference Center in Arlington. Housing colleagues from across the region gathered to honor the 2017 awardees – Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, former

Budget Wrap-Ups

  Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax County governments have completed their deliberations and adopted budgets for FY2018. This was a particularly challenging year for all jurisdictions, as they experienced pressures from growing school populations and requests for additional metro funding to maintain the viability of the regional transit system. In addition, the City of Alexandria received

Fairfax Co Begins Community Engagement for Housing

  Fairfax County’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is ready to take their presentation for the community-wide Housing Strategic Plan on the road. As we reported last fall, this effort is meant to align with the County’s Strategic Plan to Facilitate Economic Success adopted in 2015. The first community-wide meeting will be held

Union on Queen

Union on Queen is a new mixed-income, multifamily community of 193 apartment residences located in Arlington and developed by The Bozzuto Group and Wesley Housing Development Corporation. Forty percent (78 units) are designated as affordable for households earning 50 and 60 percent of the area median income. The remaining 115 units are market rate apartments.

New Developments in our Region

The ultimate measure of the impact of our work is an increasing percentage of new or preserved residential units that are affordable for low and moderate income families in Northern Virginia. Our mission promotes successful, diverse, resilient communities through public awareness and advocacy for strong policies that result in housing opportunities for households of all

Upending the Power Structure

It is an axiom of community planning that neighborhood homeowner associations wield considerable influence over development decisions in their communities. These households have a significant financial investment in the community, and their real estate taxes are the largest source of revenue for local governments. As a result, homeowners believe – rightly or wrongly – that

Ending Homelessness – We Know How

This is the time of year when area jurisdictions begin to release the results of their Point-in-Time surveys. These surveys are a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. This annual count is a HUD requirement for Continuums of Care to identify homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency

State of Affordable Housing 2017

State of Affordable Housing 2017Federal Upheaval…Local Consequences Congress and the President are considering some of the most substantial changes in federal support for affordable housing in decades—massive cuts to CDBG, HOME and other HUD programs, as well as tax reform that could fundamentally change the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Join the Alliance for Housing